How To Make Colonial Style Sugar Cones

Sugar was an expensive commodity during the colonial times in the United States and it didn't come in granulated or powdered form as they do today. They were imported from the Caribbean in the shape of hard cone wrapped in paper and cheesecloth; hence they were called sugar cones. And because it was very expensive, sugar cones were locked away in the pantry unless they were to be used for cooking, or as a centerpiece of a table arrangement that only the wealthiest could afford.

Fortunately, sugar is cheap and readily available today. A Colonial style sugar cone, on the other hand, is not. Although there are some specialty stores that still sell Colonial style sugar cone, you can easily make one of your own for use as a decoration to your Colonial style home. Here is a simple way on how to make Colonial style sugar cones.

This project calls for

  • 8 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of salt
  • 2 cups of warn water
  • Cheesecloth or brown paper
  • Essential oils or scents -- optional


  1. Combine the flour, salt, and warm water in a bowl and mix until you make dough. Knead the dough with your hands until it is firm but still pliable enough.   You can do a little twist to your Colonial style sugar cones by adding some essential oils or scents to the dough. Cinnamon is always a favorite and it will make your Colonial style sugar cones by smell sweet. You can also try nutmeg, sandalwood, pine, or cedar. You can either use just one scent or combine them if your feel like experimenting. Another option is to add a few drops of your favorite perfume into the dough.
  2. Get an airtight container and put your dough inside here. Make sure that it is sealed thoroughly, and then let it sit inside the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Take your dough out of the refrigerator and mold it like a cone. You can use a cookie cutter for this, or you can mold the entire dough by hand as if you were molding clay. You can either make one big Colonial style sugar cone, or several small ones depending on how you want to use them. Once you're done molding, let your Colonial style sugar cone harden. Leave it for a few hours or, for best results, overnight.
  4. For added authenticity, wrap your Colonial style sugar cones in cheesecloth or paper as people do in the Colonial times. To suit your decorative purposes, only wrap a portion of your Colonial Style sugar cone and leave some parts unwrapped. You can also use paper twine or some natural looking string to hold the cheesecloth or paper in place.

Voila! Now you have your very own Colonial style sugar cones. You can put them in a wooden bowl or a pewter plate and put them in the center of any table, or hang them from an old peg rack as ornies.  Either way these will surely add authenticity and primitiveness to your Colonial style home.


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